Thinking before speaking

Turkish rugs, Selcuk, Turkey

“Hezekiah received the envoys and showed them all that was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices and the fine olive oil—his armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.” 2 kings 20:13

Hezekiah had just been healed from death by God.  Then the king of Babylon (his potential enemy) sends his envoy along to offer his best wishes.  Hezekiah shows them all that he has, leaving himself vulnerable to future attack.

He has no relationship with this king, no trust — so why does he do this?  When I read this verse, it seemed ludicrous but how many times have I declared my vulnerabilities to people who aren’t safe? How many times have I shared troubles and struggles and other intimacies of my life?  How many time have I given this to people who don’t share my love of Christ so can’t understand the decisions I make and who even challenge my belief?

Have I shared my heart with people who may later use the information against me to ridicule me or hurt me in some way?  Is my life story fodder for the gossip mill?

I must be careful and guard myself and all that God has given me — and not carelessly and thoughtlessly disclose myself to people.

I must think — before I speak.

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